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WHA logo Western History Association, Gene Autry Public History Award, 2012.

AASLH American Association of State and Local History, Leadership in History Award, 2011.

NCTE logo National Council of Teachers of English, Multicultural Program Award, 2009.


lincolnCivil War and Oregon

Click here to learn more about Oregon during the Civil War using resources on the Oregon Encyclopedia and Oregon History Project. 


 Kinsman Foundation Historic Preservation Grant entries

kinsman logoWith support from the Kinsman Foundation Historic Preservation Grant­, the OE has been able to publish twenty-four new entries and over one hundred images on Oregon places and structures that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Kinsman Foundation is a private foundation built on the philanthropy of John and Elizabeth T. Kinsman of Milwaukie.

Browse the entries HERE.


The OE History Nights

A collaboration of The Oregon Encyclopedia, McMenamins Pubs, and the Des Chutes Historical Museum. All events are free and open to minors (with adult).

Edgefield (Troutdale): Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6:30 p.m.  "Holmes v. Ford: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory." Presented by R. Gregory Nokes.

Old St. Francis School (Bend): Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:00 p.m.  "Free Land – Just Add Water." Presented by Steve Johnson, General Manager, Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID)   

Mission Theater (Portland): Monday, May 5, 2014, 7:00 pm.  Oregon Encyclopedia Literary History Night Series. Worthy Brown's Daughter: A Novel Inspired by Holmes v. Ford (1853), the Only Oregon Case Dealing with Slavery. Presented by Phillip Margolin.      


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